ILO Staff Union:
Why should I join?
your working environment.
In the ILO it is up to each individual to decide whether
or not to join the Staff Union. Read on to see why we
should all become members.
How can I join?
Anyone who is employed by the ILO can become a member
of the Union. It does not matter how long your contract
is or what type of contract you have; the Union is open
to all grades and categories. Staff who leave the ILO
can remain members by joining the former officials
How much does it cost?
The contribution is set at 4.5 per thousand of salary.
There is no limit to what members may contribute in
terms of time and ideas.
What are the benefits?
What the Union can do for members depends to a large
extent on the efforts of members themselves. As a member
you will be in a position to play a part in shaping
your working environment and improving your conditions
of employment. One thing is certain: we can achieve
more through our joint efforts as members of the Union
than each of us would on our own.
What influence does
the Staff Union have in the ILO? Given that it is
clearly representative, the Staff Union can and does
have a real influence on decisions on a wide range of
issues affecting staff, in particular through its joint
bodies such as the Administrative Committee, which deals
with everything to do with the Staff Regulations, and
the Selection Board, which makes recommendations to
the Director-General on how vacancies should be filled,
as well as on transfers and promotions. Priority discussions
are now under way between the management of the Office
and the Staff Union on the procedures and institutions
through which collective bargaining between the two
parties will take place in the future.
Is it really worth joining
the Union? Our terms and conditions of employment
have been deteriorating for a number of years now. We
need a strong union if this trend is to be halted and
reversed. It should also be borne in mind that the salaries
of some ILO staff, in particular General Services officials
in the field, provide a very low standard of living.
But remuneration is not the only issue. In fact the
Union devotes more than half of its time and energy
to other matters unrelated - or only indirectly related
- to pay and pensions, such as job security, occupational
safety and health, staff movements, the mobility policy,
special problems of staff in the field, job classification,
recruitment, training, career policy and equal opportunity,
as well as problems affecting officials individually.
By being a member, you will be able to take up the issues
that are most important to you.
What if I have problems
with my boss? Some problems can be solved by consulting
your Personnel Department Liaison Officer. If this does
not work, contact your union steward or the Staff Union
Committee. A member will advise you on how best to proceed:
for example by informing you of your rights or obligations
under the Staff Regulations; by interceding on your
behalf; by accompanying you when you discuss a contentions
matter with your chief; or by helping you formulate
a complaint (under article 13.2 of the Staff Regulations).
The Union can also help members who decide to appeal
to the Administrative Tribunal.
How can I find out more
about the Union? Why not dip into the Staff Union
Committees report to the last Annual General Meeting?
You can find it on the Unions Web site or obtain
it from the Secretariat, office 6-20, ext. 7956/57.
Information about current activities can be found in
the Staff Union bulletins, on the Web site, in the monthly
magazine UNION or, if you work at headquarters, on the
notice board on R2 (north and south). Better still,
ask your colleagues who are or have been union stewards
or members of the Staff Union Committee - they will
be happy to answer your questions. If you work in the
field, dont hesitate to contact the local Union
representative or write to the Chairperson.
How can I take part
in Union activities? Take part in our meetings,
for a start. Or you can stand for election as a union
steward or as a member of the Committee - your contribution
might turn out to be more valuable and effective than
you think. And remember that you can always let off
steam by writing to UNION (it is up to you to decide
whether or not you want your name to be printed).
If you work in the field,
find out whether there is a branch of the Staff Union
at your duty station. Whether you are employed in an
ILO office or on an ILO project, you enjoy essentially
the same benefits from Union membership as headquarters
staff. The one big difference is that you are far from
the centre of decision-making in the Office - one of
the reasons why the Union has made special arrangements
for the representation of field staff.
We hope this has shown
you that the Staff Union has a useful role to play.
Remember that improvements gained through the Union
are of benefit to all staff. To become a member, please
complete the form attached and send it to the Staff
Union Secretariat (office 6-20). If you are still not
convinced, please ring the Chairperson (ext. 7958) or
the Secretariat (ext.7956/57).
here for membership affiliation form.